Women's Basketball
Jaida Roper - Women's Basketball - University of Kentucky Athletics 32


  • position Guard
  • height 5-6
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Memphis, Tenn.
  • High school Houston HS

A fan favorite that was a vocal leader on the team from day one … Played 125 career games with 25 career starts … Averaged 5.5 points per game during her career while she had 275 career assists and 86 career steals. 

  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019) 

2019-20 (Senior)
Amazing senior season averaging 7.8 points per game while leading the Wildcats in assists with 102 … Played in all 30 games and started 19 games hitting 19 3-pointers and going 71-for-91 from the free-throw line … Score 10 or more points in 11 games with one 30-point performance … Had three or more assists in 18 games and two or more steals in nine games … Led UK in scoring once, assists 13 times and steals three times … In season opener against Mount St. Mary’s, scored 13 points going 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from the 3 and 6-of-8 from the line… Recorded a career-high eight assists against Stetson, including tying a career-high four steals… Scored 10 points against Grambling State, adding seven assists and three steals… Posted 10 points against Austin Peay, dishing out four assists…  Led the team with seven assists against Samford… Led UK in points for the first time in her career against Winthrop, doubling her career high to score 30 points on 12-of-13 FG, including 3-of-4 3FG, which is the third-best FG percentage by a player in a single game in program history, added four assists and two steals… Scored 15 points against Florida, adding five rebounds… Scored 10 points against Alabama, with a team-best five assists and two steals… Recorded 14 points vs. Mississippi State on 7-of-8 from the line, adding five assists … Six assists at Ole Miss, scoring 10 points and going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line… Roper scored 14 points vs. Georgia, going 11-of-11 from the stripe and one from long range, while also leading UK with five rebounds and adding five assists … Finished the season hitting 26 straight free throws, which was the fourth longest streak in program history. 

2018-19 (Junior)
Played in all 33 of the team’s games with two starts averaging 20.8 minutes per game … Averaged 6.8 points per game finishing second on the team with 77 assists … Also added 27 steals and 1.9 rebounds per game … Hit 39.7 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from long range and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line … Scored 10 or more points in eight games with one 15+ point performance … Had three or more assists in 11 games and two or steals in six games … Led UK in assists nine times during the year … Hit at least one three in 20 of her 33 games played and had at least one assist in 29 games … Led Kentucky in assists with six in season opener vs. Alabama State, scoring eight points with four steals in 22 minutes … Played 24 minutes vs. USF in first game of Paradise Jam, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with two 3s … In second game of Paradise Jam vs. UCLA she went 3-of-4 from long range for nine points … Shined vs. Murray State scoring a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and led UK with six assists … Played an instrumental role in win at Tennessee, scoring 10 points, including a 3 in the final minute to stretch Kentucky’s lead by five … Scored eight of Kentucky’s last nine points in the game and led Wildcats with three assists … Made her second start of the season at LSU, adding a valuable statline with 10 points, three assists, two steals and a rebound … Huge minutes vs. Princeton in the NCAA Tournament playing 30 minutes with seven points, one 3, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.

2017-18 (Sophomore)
Played in 30 games with two starts  … Averaged 17.9 minutes per game … Posted 4.9 points per game and finished second on the team with 57 assists during the year … Hit 36.6 percent from long range … Scored 10 or more points in six games … Led Kentucky in rebounding once with a career-high six rebounds at Florida … Paced the Wildcats in assists seven times and in steals four times … Set career highs during the season in points scored, field-goals made, free-throws made, 3-pointers made, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and minutes … Started the season by setting back-to-back-to-back career-high scoring performances with nine points against Sacramento State and 10 points vs. Gardner-Webb before 14 at Montana … Added five rebounds and three assists against Montana … Dished out five assists against Marshall with five rebounds … Had back-to-back games with six assists against Tennessee Tech and Evansville adding 10 points against the Aces with twp rebounds … Had two or more assists in 18 games … Played a career-high 32 minutes vs. Georgia with eight points. 

2016-17 (Freshman)
Played in 32 of the team’s 33 games with two starts … Averaged 12.0 minutes per game, 2.6 points per game and 1.2 assists per game with 12 steals … First career start came against Radford when she played a season-best 25 minutes, scoring two points with four assists … Also started against Washington State … Showed her ability as an interior passer with three or more assists in five games, while leading Kentucky in assists three times … Career-high eight points against Georgia, going 2-for-3 from long range with one assist … Followed that performance with six points against Arkansas, hitting two 3s … Scored seven points four times, including seven points and five assists against Ole Miss and seven points and four assists against Georgia … Had a season-best six assists against New Hampshire. 
High School
A four-star prospect according ProspectsNation.com and three-star guard according to ESPN.com … Earned high praise for her performance in the 2015 EBA Super 64 Camp, as ProspectsNation.com listed her strengths as slasher, distributor and coachable … Played in the Basketball Coach Association of Tennessee East-West All-Star game in 2016 … Shined in her team’s 15-AAA championship game last season, scoring 22 points to earn the tournament most valuable player award … Scored over 1,500 career points for Houston High School under head coach Chad Becker … Averaged 13.2 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game her senior season … The Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Class AAA honors fourth straight seasons … Helped Houston High School to several championships … As a sophomore, she led the team to the Division I Class AAA State Tournament, where she posted a team-high nine points in the team’s loss to Blackman … Was named the district most valuable player as a sophomore as Houston High finished with a 26-8 record and won a district and regional championship … Was one of 17 Class AAA players to be named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team her sophomore year … Averaged 17.8 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, 3.9 steals per game and 3.6 rebounds per game, shooting 40 percent from 3-point land as a sophomore …. Was named to the all-region tournament team her junior and sophomore seasons. 
Place of Birth: Chicago, Ill. … Parent(s): John and Kina Roper … Siblings: One brother (John) … Major: Undergraduate studies … Shooting Hand: Right

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